Herpesvirus saimiri oncogene STP-C488 encodes a phosphoprotein

J. U. Jung, R. C. Desrosiers

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The STP-C488 open reading frame of herpesvirus saimiri encodes an oncoprotein that has transforming and tumor-inducing activities independent of the rest of the herpesvirus genome. STP-C488 protein has an unusual, membrane-associated, fibrous structure and is located primarily in perinuclear compartments. We now report that STP-C488 is phosphorylated in vivo. The phosphorylated form, which accounted for about 15% of STP-C488 in transformed cells, migrated slightly more slowly through sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gels than unphosphorylated STP-C488. A serine residue near the amino terminus was shown to be the site of phosphorylation. However, phosphorylation was not required for transformation of Rat-1 cells by STP-C488.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1777-1780
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of virology
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1992
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology
  • Immunology
  • Insect Science
  • Virology


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